Naked is a company committed to both consumer health and sustainability of our natural resources. According to their website, "at Naked we make sure that all our products make an impact that will enhance your life and the planet's." Natural products that are good for your body as well as the planet.
I went into the grocery store intending to buy some coconut water this morning, but I saw Naked Juice's Green Machine Juice Smoothie and it piqued my interest, so I decided to try that instead.
Naked's motto is "Making the whole planet feel better, one bottle at a time." Naked is committed to providing natural products that energize and support one's health and also that help maintain our Earth. With efficient packaging, a partnership with the Rainforest Alliance, a LEED (Leadership in Environmental Design) certified bottling plant, and an enthusiastic attitude towards reducing, reusing, and recycling, I would say they are on the right track for achieving their goals.
Packaging, Appearance, and Price
I spotted the juice in the organic refrigerated section at my local grocery store, Martin's. It is a 15.2 fluid ounce (450 mL) bottle made in the shape of a square so they can fit more bottles into each delivery trip (and use less fuel overall during transport due to fewer numbers of delivery trips). These bottles are made from recyclable polyethylene terephthalate and the company encourages consumers to recycle the bottles when they are finished drinking the product. The cost was $2.49 at normal price for one bottle.
The juice itself is a thick grayish green shade, which, in all honesty, is not incredibly appealing; however, I would much rather look at an ugly shade of green and know it's a natural product than a heavily dyed product! The company must realize that its product looks a bit unappealing. Right on the bottle it pokes fun and says it "looks weird."
Taste and Texture
As aforementioned, the juice was a bit thick, which most would probably expect from a smoothie. It was smooth and not gritty at all, and there were no chunks in the smoothie. It smells like sour apple mixed with banana, and is a pleasant fruity scent.
As far as taste, I think they've done a superb job of blending the veggies and other ingredients in with the fruity flavors. To me, it tastes like fresh apple and other fruits, but not at all like algae, broccoli, spinach, garlic, or wheat grass! And, yes, it does have all those things in it and more. The ingredients as they appear on the package are: apple juice, mango puree, pineapple juice, banana puree, kiwi puree, spirulina, natural flavors, chlorella, broccoli, spinach, barley grass, wheat grass, parsley, ginger root, blue green algae, odorless garlic. On the container it states the product is vegan, so I don't have to wonder about the "natural flavors" that are used.
It tastes thick, smooth, and sweet, but not overly sweet. I can certainly taste the apple and banana more prominently than most other ingredients in this product. There are no added sugars, only sweetness and natural sugars occurring in the fruit ingredients.
This product is all natural and 100% juice. It is "gently pasteurized."
One serving consists of 8 ounces, and there are nearly two servings in the bottle. There is no fat, no cholesterol, and very low sodium in this product. One serving packs in 2 grams of protein and more than 9 vitamins and minerals for your health, including 50% of your daily recommended serving of vitamin A, a quarter of your recommended B12, and 40% of the RDA for vitamin C.
(Photo taken in my car's console as I drove to work this morning.)
I really enjoyed this product and highly recommend it to vegans who like fruit drinks and anyone who enjoys natural fruit smoothies. I feel good consuming products that are all natural and healthy, and also knowing I am buying from a caring and responsible company. I will try other varieties and will also purchase this flavor again.
Naked also makes a number of different fruit smoothie flavors (such as mango veggie and berry blast), coconut water (plain and juice flavored varieties), and fruit juice and oat smoothies in a number of flavors. See the Naked website for more information and where to buy.